???? - Resort Hotel - Planning - (5/29/17) According to the local news Tayto Park's next big expansion plans involve building their very own 250-room, 7-story resort hotel on site next to the theme park. The plan is to actually build the large hotel from mostly wood apparently, along with a pool and spa area in order to make it attractive to visitors all year long and not just when the park is open.
2023 - Two New Coasters - (3/26/21) Fantastic news for Tayto Park was announced a few hours ago, revealing that the theme park finally received full approval to go ahead with their €15.5 million plans to add a pair of new roller coasters. As mentioned before, they will be added a 31meter tall Suspended coaster (Vekoma) and a 24.2 meter tall Family Boomerang coaster (Vekoma). The final approval for the plans comes after a 28-month long struggle by Tayto Park to get the plans approved after locals raised concerns over the noise the coasters might produce.
(7/22/20) Poor Tayto Park, the locals sure have it in for you. Despite the park finally getting approval to go ahead with their future plans to build two new roller coasters, the local neighbors have attacked the park once again, lodging an appeal to block the approval. The appeal is headed by the same fellow who got Tayto Park’s previous plans denied, and despite all the additional measures added to the plans by Vekoma to reduce noise from the rides, they believe nothing has changed from the first plan that was denied.
According to this article the budget for the ride proposal was raised by an additional €1.5 million to add 14 different noise reduction measures, including design changes to direct the noise into the park, rather than out, the addition of three tunnels, underground track sections, planting an extensive set of tree and greenage around the ride as a noise barrier as well as an actual 6 meter tall, 100 meter long sound barrier.
A decision on the appeal isn’t expected to be made until sometime this November.
(7/5/20) I missed this update last week, but Tayto Park has finally been approved for their plan to add two new roller coasters to the theme park. According to this report construction is set to begin in 2021 and the two interwoven coasters should open in 2023. The overall investment for the two coasters is said to be €15 million and should be a modified version of the previous plans that were turned down from Vekoma that would see an Inverted coaster mixed with a family boomerang style coaster. New noise reduction measures were added to the plans to ensure that the new rides did not bother the neary neighbors.
While we don’t know what the new Tayto Park layout will be like, the overall experience should end up being similar to the new pair of Vekoma coasters that just opened at Tripsdrill, which you can see here.
(1/9/20) More bad news for Tayto Park, as this news article reveals that the park’s latest pitch to add a new area with two coasters for 2021 has been met with opposition from two of the same people who had a hand in blocking the park’s previous efforts. The park’s latest plans have sought to answer the concerns about noise levels from the last proposal by adding 14 separate noise-reduction measures put into place, designed by Vekoma, to help silence the project that would include a 31 meter tall / 748 meter long Inverted coaster and a 24.2 meter tall / 238 meter long Family Boomerang coaster.
According to Tayto Park’s Raymond Coyle, if the plans are blocked yet again, “the longer-term viability of the park would be brought into question”. In other words… in the theme park business, if you aren’t growing… you’re dying. Adding new attractions on a regular basis is the life-blood of any healthy theme park business, and if prevented from doing so, the local government agencies are only signing off on an eventual death-sentence for the park.
(12/3/19) Tayto Park has now filed new plans seeking permission to build a new €14 million roller coaster project after their last plans were rejected. The new plans include two separate coaster rides, 31 meters tall, that would include fencing and barriers to act as a way to reduce the noise from the ride to the surrounding areas.